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Formula [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Marlon Brando    DVD

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The most poorly edited film in Hollywood history 13 July 2007
By Larry VanDeSande - Published on
This film had a lot going for it -- an interesting and timely story about Nazis, world fuel supplies, and high gas prices; a bunch of great actors including Marlon Brando and George C. Scott in his last performance; and solid production values.

Unfortuately, this was all undone because "The Formula" -- a formula for alternative fuel devised by the Nazis in World War II and hidden by gas executives -- is the most poorly edited film in movie history. The chain of events in this movie is so incongruous is strains the viewer to stay involved and eventually defeats every viewer's ability to manage the "plot".

I'll never forget the day I waited in anticipation of seeing it at the theater when it came out in 1980. While standing in line to enter, my frined from work came out. I asked him how it was. "You have to keep up with it," he said.

Not much question today that he wasn't being cryptic or evasive in his response. This film had everything going for it -- great actors, a timely plot, perhaps even more timely today, great studio values, wonderful lighting, everything except an editor.

Finally, I have two questions: Why wasn't this film re-edited on DVD release? And who is that guy on the DVD cover mimicking a young Marlon Brando? Didn't they see the bald, fat, and old actor that played his part in the movie?
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A topical film 20 Aug 2005
By djvdks - Published on
The quote of this film should be Brando: "WE ARE THE ARABS!" The comments that appear in the AMG site about theis film are ludicrous. Who are they supporting, The OIL cmpanies? THE AMG COMPLAINT ABOUT THE FILM IS "THE INTERMINABLE STEADY-CAM SCENES."


Now that we have a $3.00 per gallon situation in this country, this film literally HITS THE MARK!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting movie you may have missed 28 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on
I liked this movie. Brando and George C. Scott knock heads in this battle between integrity and big money. The world would probably be a lot better off if the "Formula" was being used today. Check this one out I think you will like it if you like dramas.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Formulaic 21 Sep 2007
By blockhed - Published on
This (I suspect) must have been an intriguing book of the page-turning type. Plot-heavy, you could always go back and re-read the bits you hadn't taken in from the start. As a film, however, it lacks drama, and I think it must be because the writer was just not fully aware how visual entertainment works, either on the screen or on the stage. There is a lack of emotional engagement from and between every single character: each one merely seems to be reading his lines from the book. These are good actors, so it's not so obvious, but the whole thing is like a jigsaw puzzle none of whose pieces quite fit. Moreover, the actors all seem to know this: I suppose it's the director's fault, as well as the writer's. None of these thespians seem at home. G.C.Scott is dead serious, but he convinces neither as a father nor as a lover: these are not roles he's comfortable with. Gielgud's appearance, and performance, is startlingly out-of-place. Brando looks as if he's on a frolic of his own, in an ill-fitting suit, pug nose, lip-padding, and the kind of haircut that always worries you whenever you see one. No. It's kind of interesting, but I couldn't call it good. The Jefferson quote was impressive.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see! 14 Sep 2007
By Steven Whatley - Published on
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The Formula This is an excellent movie that for some reason never made it big, likely due to its subject matter. The plot revolves around the idea that Nazi scientists discover a means to develop synthetic fuels and lubricants from coal. This of course becomes an issue of utmost importance to the big oil companies. Realizing that with the mass production of synthetic fuel they would no longer be able to control and maintain their colossal profits they set out to keep this "formula" secret - hidden until the appropiate time. This sets the stage for this movie. The acting is high caliber across the board. I highly recommend this movie - it is closer to the truth than most poeple will want to believe.
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